Enlisting the services of an emergency electrician during COVID-19 in Glen Waverley or the surrounding areas was likely low on your list. In case it was glaringly obvious that you needed one that is. This, however, is the issue. Many home and business owners wait until they have a faulty switch or blackout before calling for help, but what if you could catch the issue before it affected you?
This is a crucial thing to consider, as when it comes to electrical components, inconvenience is the least of your worries. You want to ensure that everyone in your property, be it family, friends or staff, are safe. The best way to do this is by preventing these issues from happening in the first place.
The best way to ensure this is with an electrical safety inspection that provides you with the peace of mind in knowing that you’ve caught a problem early, preventing harm or damage and confirming the safety of your home or business, family, friends or staff.
When it comes to your workplace, you likely have health and safety measures mandating the need for checks and inspections. It is important that you do not avoid applying the same care in your home just because there is no safety audit that needs to be signed off. A home safety inspection is vital when it comes to avoiding potentially fatal issues like house fires which can be caused by faulty wiring or overloaded circuits that go unseen behind the walls.
To avoid this, Kenner electrics offer an electrical safety inspection that can save you harm to family members and significant repair costs. A little preemptive measure like this can make a world of difference. Read on to understand what is involved, and why having an inspection carried out by an emergency electrician is something that should be on your to-do list.
Understanding an electrical safety inspection
We all want to ensure that our homes and businesses are safe for our families, friends, staff and clientele. Second in importance is your property for which you have no doubt made a significant financial investment! Electrical safety inspections, which are recommended by state governments and local councils, are a proven way to do this. They give you a view of potential issues that easily are missed as they are not evident to the eye in day-to-day operations.
An electrical safety inspection is a simple review that will ensure all of the electrical circuits and equipment throughout your property are in good, working condition. The primary goal is to ensure they are not overloaded or in any state that may lead to an extremely unsafe potential problem. This review will highlight any deficiencies and potential hazards so they can be rectified before they turn into a serious, costly problem.
If, for example, you have an older home that has not been inspected for a while, you run the risk of the natural degradation of elements causing a very unsafe situation that you likely won’t know about until it is too late. Older homes and properties run a high risk of faulty earthing or bonding, and it is often only a matter of time before these situations become potentially deadly situations.
Luckily, all of this can be avoided with an electrical safety inspection which is essentially a visual audit that will perform detailed tests around your property. These tests will run with the power off for safety, and upon completion, you will receive a full report of all findings. This will include all necessary advice on any repairs that need to be handled based on the results of your inspection.
A qualified emergency electrician that is handling your inspection will provide you with recommendations of what needs to be done, explanations of the potential issues and the implications if left unattended. This arms you with all of the necessary information you need to make an informed decision about how best to proceed and potential costs involved.
It also gives you peace of mind if it turns out you do not need to do anything! Your report will detail the overall condition of your electrical installation helping you to understand the level of safety of your property. Even if no issues are found, you’ll have a clearer idea of when the next inspection may need to take place and, if applicable, any remedial work that is needed.
Your summary of test results will cover anything that needs attention, inclusive of existing limitations.
Why bother if you have a new property or everything seems fine?
Unfortunately, even new properties can run into problems. Just because everything seems fine, and you have no issues with power supply or your switches, that doesn’t mean there are no problems bubbling away under the surface, only ready to reveal themselves when it is too late.
An electrical safety inspection provides you with a certificate that can be used for any audit requirements. The peace of mind in knowing that your new property is safe, or identifying any potential risks before it is too late is invaluable. If the worst does happen, you’ll kick yourself for not having the inspection, especially if you have read this far!
An electrical safety inspection is a good idea for everyone, but the following situations make it almost essential:
- If your home or business property is more than 25 years old
- There is a large number of appliances used in your property regularly, especially if they are more than five years old
- You are looking to sell your property (an electrical safety inspection that gives the green light is a massive selling point)
- You hate spending money unnecessarily on repairs that could easily have been avoided
- You live in a property that has never had an inspection
- Your home features old wiring
- You are starting to notice issues with the electrical equipment or lights in your home (flickering, buzzing, etc.)
You can think of the money you will spend on an inspection as an investment, especially if you discover a range of issues that are cheaper to repair now than later when they cause significant damage.
A quality inspection does not just look for problems, it will also include a selection of recommendations that may cut down the cost of your energy bills and make your home more efficient or environmentally-friendly. This can include suggestions such as new light bulbs that offer green energy alternatives. The lowering of your energy bill provides an ongoing return on the investment of your inspection.
Issues identified by an electrical safety inspection
So what potential problems can an electrical safety inspection uncover? There is a host of defects that can turn into significant issues inside the walls of homes and commercial properties that look safe from the outside. It often takes a licensed professional to look a little deeper to discover these hidden hazards.
Some potential problems a safety inspection can reveal include:
- The location of any potential electrical hazards in electrical installations
- Discovery of any electrical circuits or equipment that may be overloaded
- Identification of defective DIY electrical work
- Identification of earthing or bonding issues
- Identification of allowances for more efficient energy systems
While there is no legislative documentation or certification that is a requirement of an electrical safety inspection, you will receive some for your records or audit purposes that include:
- A certificate of Home Safety Inspection
- A checklist that identifies all observed and tested appliances, circuits and outlets
- A detailed report of any observations that are considered a potential hazard
- Detailed recommendations to prevent electrical failures in the future
- recommendations for improvements
We recommend that you keep this documentation until it is updated. It can also be used for insurance purposes, WHS report, or as part of your asset registry if selling your property.
What happens during an Electrical Safety Inspection?
During your inspection, a highly qualified emergency electrician will first carry out a range of visual assessments which will include the testing of certain appliances, circuits and outlets.
After this, the power will be switched off at which point both internal and external areas will be inspected. Your property’s switchboard will be thoroughly inspected to ensure there are no potential electrical hazards and all findings will be recorded via a checklist.
Due to the requirement of power being turned off, it is worth considering the scheduling of your inspection during a low-impact time. While the power shut-off will not be for an extended amount of time, you will still want it to be during a quieter period, particularly if the testing is for a commercial property that functions during business hours.
Convinced? Book your electrical safety inspection with Kenner Electrics today
After reading all of this, it will probably be hard to not book an inspection now, right? Imagine going on with your day, only to have a costly issue present itself down the track after you have just gained all of this new knowledge on how to avoid it! Fear not, booking an inspection is easy, cost-effective, and above all, a very good idea.
Do your part of ensuring your home or business is safe from an electrical threat by giving the talented and experienced team at Kenner Electrics a call today. It’s easy to save money or significant repairs and high utility bills by having one of the emergency electricians from Kenner running an electrical safety inspection on your property. Our skilled technicians are also trained and equipped to carry out a range of electrical service, so one call to us keeps your property safe and working in good order.
Our high-quality service speaks for itself and our large portfolio of successful projects and positive customer experiences are the primary reasons why our electricians are in high demand. We are very passionate about your safety and have the necessary skills to ensure it by confirming the quality of your system or pointing out its faults. We will identify any issue you may have, or more importantly, are about to have, providing the best advice and most efficient and effective solutions for you every time.
Speak to Kenner Electrics today and rest easy knowing you are not inline for any negative electrical surprises any time soon. We are a reliable and trusted team that provides a high-quality electrical service purely designed to improve the safety of your home or business. There is no price that can be put on peace of mind or the safety of your family, friends and staff. Stay safe with our help today!